People build walls because, they seek protection or privacy, they need a sanctuary or secrecy, and because they want to establish borders. However, when God calls for the ruins, no wall can save us. In Ezekiel’s days, there were some false prophets telling the people to build walls, not so much literal walls, but they tried to give the people a false sense of security.
One of the key messages of Ezekiel is to tell the people that walls won’t save them, or us. Some people have lived in the ruins of sin for years, thinking everything will be alright. They have built walls around them and their families, thinking that they are safe from God’s judgement. But one day, God will call for the ruins and the walls will come tumbling down. Do you remember Jericho? The people of Jericho felt protected in their tall thick impenetrable wall. As you know the story; the walls came tumbling down.
Walls of Financial Security: Many people continue in a sinful path, because they feel that the money they have will protect them in the times of their ruins. But God told the people to “Throw away your money! Toss it out like worthless rubbish, for it will have no value in that day of wrath. It will neither satisfy nor feed you, for your love of money is the reason for your sin” (Ezekiel 7:19). When God calls for the ruins, wealth is not enough to dig anyone out of the ruins.
Walls of Lies: This reminds me of Jehoshaphat and Ahab, both kings wanted to hear a word from the Lord about a pending battle. They had built an alliance and felt that their union would be enough to win them battles that only God could fight on their behalf. They called in 400 prophets who told them “favorable” news that they would win the battle. But one prophet Micaiah, who spoke the truth, got smacked in the face, shoved in prison and was fed with the bread of affliction (2 Chronicles 18). The kings went to war, and Ahab died in the battle. When God calls for the ruins, lies held as truths, will smash like glass on the ground and leave more devastation in the ruins.
Walls of Peace: They say the worst part of the storm comes after the calm. Sometimes, we hear “everything will be alright.” Sometimes, that is true, but it will only be alright when our hearts are in union with Gods. The only true peace is that which comes from the Lord of the ruins. For the time has come for the cutting off of Israel. You will sue for peace, but you won’t get it (7: 25). Just like many of our world today. We plug our ears to in the name of peace. We fix our eyes on electronics to distract us, but the ruins are still evident. When God calls for the ruins, only He can grant peace in the ruins.Ezekiel 34: 15, “I myself will be the Shepherd of my sheep and cause them to lie down in peace,” the Lord God says.”
Walls of False Hope: Walls are not always physical constructions, sometimes, they are mental. One of those is hope, which is good for the ruins, but false hope is detrimental. It makes people believe lies as mentioned already. It doesn’t help with repentance and it defeats the purpose of the ruin experience. In Ezekiel’s time there were preachers, polishing the wrong deeds of the people. But God said, “Your prophets…deceive my people by saying, ‘God will send peace,’ when that is not my plan at all! My people build a flimsy wall, and these prophets praise them for it—and cover it with whitewash! (Ezekiel 13: 10-11, 22: 28). These prophets, “have not taught my people the difference between right and wrong” (22: 26).
God told Ezekiel to “Tell these evil builders that their wall will fall. A heavy rainstorm will undermine it; great hailstones and mighty winds will knock it down. And when the wall falls, the people will cry out, ‘Why didn’t you tell us that it wasn’t good enough? Why did you whitewash it and cover up its faults?’ Yes, it will surely fall (Ezekiel 13: 11- 13). When God calls for the ruins, no whitewash can cover up our sins. The walls of defense and protection we build will come tumbling down.
When God calls for the ruins of all ruins, all physical or mental walls will come tumbling. Therefore, each and every day, find your security in God.
Ezekiel 38:20, “All living things shall quake in terror at my presence; mountains shall be thrown down; cliffs shall tumble; walls shall crumble to the earth.”
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